Just just a few months into his fresh $215 million deal, two-time Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman Zach LaVine can have his sights set in your Los Angeles Lakers, writes Sean Deveney of Heavy.com.
“LaVine desires to go to the Lakers, that has been pretty clear for some time now,” a rival Eastern Conference executive informs Deveney. “The agents [from Klutch Sports, which also represents LeBron James and Anthony Davis] want him to be in Los Angeles, he’s a UCLA guy and so they did some rattling about his contract last offseason, to form of lay the groundwork if things blew up. Which they appear to be doing.”
Prior to his maximum salary extension this summer, LaVine apparently hoped to be a Laker outright, in response to a Western Conference executive who spoke with Deveney on the topic.
All just isn’t well within the Windy City. The Bulls sport the same record to the Lakers, 13-18, and appear doomed to miss even the Eastern Conference’s play-in tournament with ex-Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, their $20 million-per-season starter, still on the shelf following two knee surgeries this yr. The presence of two All-Stars on Chicago’s roster, in LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, doesn’t appear to have particularly helped the Bulls win a complete lot, thanks in no small part to their total lack of defensive engagement.
LaVine, a UCLA alum, can be recovering from a knee surgery of his own, and has didn’t consistently regain his form from last season to date. This season, he’s averaging 21.7 points on .447/.366/.824 shooting splits, 4.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals an evening, but lacks the identical explosiveness across the rim that made him so special in 2021-22 pre-injury.